Welcome back students. This is our class website for 2016-2017. This year could be one of the most interesting years in your life. The Presidential election will be very interesting and dynamic, and your job is to learn the history of our country so you will know how to vote as a citizen—or the informed consent of the the governed by voting with a rational mind, based on being able to READ LIKE A HISTORIAN. Students in our United States history course will be learning ideas from our past to try and understand our present and future. If you all try your best we can possibly improve our system of democracy.
Let us hope for another great year. We Matadors are still using Common Core strategies, the Four C’s [critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity], and thinking maps school-wide to improve writing across the curriculum. In my class, we are also using the AVID: THE WRITE PATH for social studies for the third year at SVJHS. We will be creating a product we call the interactive student notebooks. Watch for the syllabus coming home in the coming week to be clear about expectations and policies for history class to make learning positive for everyone.
Everyone is Living History. Students will be interviewing relatives and family members to learn more about their own context to understand space, place, and time. Our Social Contract is also in effect just like every year in school, and we will be practicing those philosophies. We like to think of our scholarly path as readying you for high school, and we want you all to be life-long learners.
Please utilize this site as a resource as much as you can in class and at home. We will espeically be using this for our Wayback Wednesdays. We will be referring back to this site each week and all year. Let’s have all our Baldwin Park families work together to make a great learning community. We’re making history!
Please be mindful this entire year, giving a scholarly effort at all times. Usually only 15-20 minutes is needed for Homework. Students who use time well in class will have less homework. And one of the most important things: sleep a minimum of 8 hours per night for the healthiest brain ready for learning. We should also mention the agenda check with parents; every Thursday you should receive handwritten initials from your parents. In the agenda you will be writing, Monday=muddiest point, Tuesday=exit card, Wednesday=annotation, Thurs/Friday= choice, and these are written in the specific place we talked about today.
The new social contract that should be followed everywhere [use your pre-frontal cortex & executive function]. We will discuss the interactive notebooks and explain inputs and outputs. Most important you should tell your parents that there is never a time when you do not have homework for Mr. Culbertson’s class. Only a few students ever get so far ahead of the class so their interactive notebook is ready to turn in early. Many elements of a great notebook are usually unlikely to be completed early. It can be said, we always have something new to learn and study to remember, this is what we might call academic scholarship! Take care, and peace, love, and happiness. Mr.C
p.s. Please consider writing your opinion about these quotes for homework:
“When history repeats itself the price of the lesson goes up.”
“History as a disciplined enquiry aims to sustain the widest possible definition of memory, and to make the process of recall as accurate as possible, so that our knowledge of the past is not confined to what is immediately relevant.”
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Philosophie: Salon Center
Everyone of us is living history. We all have a story to tell and the ancestors that came before us that carved a way for us to become a new member of civilization. We also are learning that we are all related genetically and culturally in the family of humanity. All people’s past becomes part of all of us, and will always be completely intertwined with the entire world community.
From time to time we will have some ideas from words that give us wisdom about our world. Writers are some of the most insightful people that understand our modern and ancient world quite well. Feel free to read, think, comment on these ideas. It seems that some of the students would like to debate issues of government, economics, and history. This can be a forum for this idea. Also if you would like to do formal debates in class we need to prepare debate rule and procedures. This can be a start and then we can decide if we will proceed to bring the debates in class on topics we study. Please follow our classroom rules if you decided to write on the blog. Make sure that you ask questions, and be helpful, and mature in all your interactions. This can be a helpful way for you to share what you have learned and what you want to learn, or just share ideas. Also just submit an idea through an email, or web contact, and we can maybe add the idea. Send a picture with the suggestion for the classes. Thank you.
Photos above left to right: The Solon, by Raphael was a depiction of the place where ideas were discussed and debated. Greek democracy in the public sphere. Here is the philosopher Seneca talking to Nero-Claudius Cesar Drusus Germanicus [Roman Emperor 54-68 BCE]- about society,law, politics, ethics and morality. Anthem for the doomed!
Students can also decide to add a topic that can be approved and monitored by Mr.C. Please be responsible and follow the social contract. You can share ideas and questions on your now topics about our class. Friends can help each other study with their devices. Please only students, but fell free to share the forum communications with your family. This can be a source for all students.